I changed my NHS days this week to cover Monday, as that is the day people working the weekend like to take off. I also worked yesterday sandwiching in the middle a busy Pilates day as we delved into the world of online live classes . Working 2 jobs certainly brings home to me the massive effects covid 19 is having on our whole society!!
The week started well in A+ E as I mastered the art of putting someone in a broad arm sling....it looks easy when its on but what to do with all the velcro straps when it comes out of the packet was a quite a brain twister !! Later in the day I was thanked by one of the Orthopaedic nurses for showing her how to access and complete the online training for her to access the A+ E computer system. I was quite amazed that I was able to teach anything to do with computers ....what a changing world we are in !!
Yesterday morning I woke up with that usual gut churning feeling I have on an NHS day. I arrived in the department to meet my colleague who was knocked off his bike cycling to work along the Lanchester road last week. He was saying how lucky he was after he was knocked off that he landed on the grass with room to roll. The van that hit him lost its wing mirror and didn't stop but fortunately someone else did who was able to call for an ambulance. Fortunately my colleague has only bumps and bruises .
From there I was launched into Fracture clinic, a place I pop into now and again these days but by lunch time I had picked up where I left off 25 years ago when I left my role in fracture clinic to become a mum for the first time. Where have those 25 years gone !! The patients I saw varied from the age of 14 to 85 . They all had the shock patients have when they realise a limb is not working as it should but on top of that they all shared a real fear of being in a hospital surrounded by people. My usual reassurance felt a little hollow coming from behind an apron, gloves and mask. Reasoning with the consultants the risks of bringing patients into hospital for face to face treatment against the need for rehab to regain good function made for good discussion. Most patients are getting telephone follow up but from this group we agreed a couple really did need some "hands on " physio to avoid serious loss of function.
By the time I was heading for home I really appreciated the donated Krispy Kreme Doughnuts left in the department for us !!
From a Pilates perspective we are ready to launch our live classes in Zoom (an app)
On Monday 27th April at 9.30 am and 6.30 pm. If anyone would like to join in please get in touch. Mike is happy to help if you need support setting up.....he managed, over the telephone, to get his mum set up with Zoom on her phone and Ipad so don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
Hope you all have a good weekend, stay safe and stay at home